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Putting highly successful people on a pedestal can unknowingly hinder our own efforts. We get caught in comparisons and it’s easy to forget that they’ve had and still have their own set of struggles and challenges on their path.
Use highly successful people as inspiration, not idols.
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Working well is not about maximizing every waking moment of the day, in order to get more done. And the focus on maximizing time may actually diminish our creativity.
To achieve sustainable productivity habits, it’s best to build up with easily achievable tasks.
Rewards may work in the short term, but real mastery and success are due to genuine interest, not the lure of rewards.
The theory of finite willpower has recently been called into question. Newer research suggests that willpower may be more variable, and based on context and culture. But although willpower is malleable, it’s important not to overdo work at the expense of leisure and relaxation.
Many people stay busy because that's the norm for them, and they cannot imagine themselves sitting idly. To avoid the busyness trap:
Visualization doesn’t inspire us to jump higher, but rather causes us to become complacent. People also become more easily deterred by setbacks because, in our fantasy version, nothing went wrong.
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